2302 N. Lincoln St.
Kirksville MO

Office hours:
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Monday - Friday

Living the Light... Giving the Gospel... Developing Disciples of Jesus Christ

We welcome you to the “new” Kirksville family of God!  Just like the first century church of old, Kirksville Nazarene is that “real” family church you have been waiting for; not too big and not too small. Jesus said, you will know His people by the love they have for one another(1 John 3:10, 4:20, 5:2). We are not perfect by any means, but from the time you walk into the church and are face to face with our people who truly love God and each other, you begin to experience the love and acceptance you would expect from the authentic church of Jesus Christ. Our church is best described as a biblically sound, spiritually oriented and caring community of believers. We don’t just talk ministry – we do ministry!  We are always looking for a way to bless others and the proof is in the pudding – our ministries!  
Additionally, we have a biblically sound and Christ-centered children’s and youth ministry at Kirksville Naz.  It is our desire that your children know Jesus Christ according to the Bible. Our long-term goal for your children is that they be transformed disciples of Christ, so that they have their own faith as adults. We are a family and biblically oriented ministry that is preparing for the future coming again of Jesus Christ the King! You will be blessed!
Finally, you will notice that the music and congregational singing is spiritually motivating and biblically sound with hymns and choruses. There are no entertainment components or motives.  We genuinely worship the Lord and do not apologize for that. This is an awesome church!  We love Jesus Christ and we love people. Join us and welcome home!
We Believe
… the Bible is the inspired, infallible and authoritative written Word of God.  It is the all sufficient Word of the Living God that is everlasting.
… there is one God, eternally existent in three persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
… in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His personal future return to this earth in power and glory to rule a thousand years.
… in the blessed hope – the rapture of the Church at Christ’s coming.
… the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious blood of Christ.
… regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation.
… the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing of the human body in answer to believing prayer.
… in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life.
… the baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it.
… in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation.
Church History
The Kirksville Church of the Nazarene was organized September 25, 1933 by Reverend F.A. Welsh, District Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene. The Charter membership of the new congregation number 39.
Reverend W.E. Carlton was appointed as the first Pastor. The church worshiping in temporary quarters began a building fund which was to soon enable them to purchase a lot at the Southwest corner of Florence and Filmore Streets. The congregation erected its first building at that location.
Reverend Odis James served as pastor during the years 1937-1943. Among the achievements made during these years was the construction of a basement beneath the existing structure.
Reverend Wallis Kornegay was called to pastor on June 18, 1943. His ministry continued until 1953, when he accepted the pastorate of San Antonio, Texas, First Church of the Nazarene. Outstanding growth was experienced by the church during these years. Plans were made to build a new brick building in 1945, but shortages of building materials and government regulation of construction made this move impossible. The building was remodeled instead, with the sanctuary seating capacity enlarged from 80 to 250.
Reverend Trafton Williams served as pastor from 1953 to 1963. It was during these years that the church began to feel the importance of having a building large enough to handle the yearly Sunday School average of 152. After leveling off at that attendance, the church started into a slow decline. Another influencing factor was the almost total lack of proper parking available to the congregation. During this period the church added new pews and carpet to the sanctuary.
In 1963, Reverend J.E. Ferguson, moved to Kirksville from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as pastor. The church continued to feel the pressure of endeavoring to serve from a rapidly deteriorating building which had facilities inadequate in almost every area. After much thought and prayer, two acres of land were purchased in the Northeast section of Kirksville from Mr. And Mrs. Keith Pulliam. At the time of the purchase, the property was located in a corn field, but just north of a large subdivision of new homes and east of another, on Highway P, where the church stands today. In 1968 Reverend Ferguson accepted a pastorate in St. Louis, Missouri.
Reverend C. Howard Wade became pastor November 10, 1968, moving to Kirksville from his pastorate in Beaumont, Texas. Efforts toward relocation of the church were immediately intensified. Finances were raised to liquidate the indebtedness of the new property, and within a very brief time the title was cleared preparing the way for further building plans. After many hours of work on the part of the Church Board, the Pastor put tentative floor plans together incorporating the needs that the Board felt were important to the program they believed would be necessary to put into effect in the coming years. This plan was then submitted to an architect who completed plans for construction to begin. These plans represented a challenge to the faith and commitment of the congregation, but with enthusiasm a unanimous vote was cast authorizing the Board to secure financing and let the contract. Construction began May, 1970, and was completed in February, 1971. The sanctuary was completed enabling the congregation to have their first service in the new building, January 17, 1971. Dr. Eugene L. Stowe, General Superintendent dedicated the building March 28, 1971.
The parsonage on Cherry Lane was built in 1977 and Reverend E.W. Kehr and his family was the first to live there.
Over the years many changes and improvements have been made to this building. In 1995, plans again were made to update the church to serve the growing congregation. The sanctuary was remodeled and new lighting and sound equipment were added to the church.
In October, 1996, the church offices moved to the new Annex building (the former parsonage on Cherry Lane) and a new parsonage was purchased (1102 Fairview) just behind the church for the Reverend Roger Davis and his family.
Under the Pastorate of Jake Blankenship a new sanctuary and kitchen was added in 2004.
Presently the previous church has been fully remodeled housing all offices as well as a new Youth room, Sunday school rooms and Children’s church.

Pastor | Tenure | Years/Months
W.E. Carlton 1933-1937 4
Odis James 1937-1943 6
Wallis Kornegay 1943-1953 10
Trafton Williams 1953-1963 10
J.E. Ferguson 1963-1968 5
C. Howard Wade 1968-1972 4
E.W. Kehr 1972-1979 7
James H. Mullins 1979-1984 5
James Womack 7/1984-11/1986 2
Pulpit Supply 11/1986-2/1987 4 Months
H.L. Hendrix 2/1987-7/1991 4 Years, 5 Months
Norman Snowbarger 11/1991-12/1992 1 Year, 1 Month
Don Stelting (Interim) 1/1993-6/1993 6 Months
Dan Steele 6/1993-5/1996 3 Years
Robert Price (Interim) 6/1996-11/1996 6 Months
Roger Davis 11/1996-4/2000 3 Years, 5 Months
Don Walter (Interim) 5/2000-7/2000 2 Months
Jake Blankenship 7/2000-8/2007 7 Years
Mark Hager 11/2007-10/2013 5 Years, 11 months
Michael Askew (Interim) 11/2013-2/2014 4 months
Michael Askew 3/2014-present